Recipe: Apple Gruyere Cup Pies

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Apple Gruyere Cup Pies Recipe via @poorandpretty

I’m not really a pie person, but when my Dad asked me to make dessert for Thanksgiving three years ago, I knew it had to be pie. What’s Thanksgiving without pie?! So after binge watching Pushing Daisies for the millionth time, I decided on Chuck-inspired apple cup-pies with Gruyere cheese baked into the crust. My issue with pies has always been the crust-filling ratio. There needs to be more crust! Cup pies — mini pies baked in cupcake tins — totally solve that for me. And with apple season in full swing, I finally got around to making them again so that I can share them with you (and my grateful co-workers ;)!

Apple Cup Pies closeup via @poorandpretty

Apple Cup Pies — Makes about 12 mini pies. Recipe adapted from Cave Cibum.

Dough Ingredients:

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 ½ sticks (28 tbs) salted butter, frozen
  • 5 oz Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional, but it’s what Chuck would have done!)

Filling Ingredients:

  • 4 apples — peeled, cored, and chopped into cubes. I recommend Granny Smith, Gala, or Honeycrisp.
  • 1 ½ tbs sugar
  •  1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  •  1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp flour
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla

1 egg, beaten
sugar, for dusting

Apple Cup Pies - butter cubes via @poorandpretty

1. Let’s cut up all of that butta before it melts! Chop it up into nice, little cubes.

Apple Cup Pies - mixing in butter via @poorandpretty

2. Combine your flower, sugar, salt, and butter in a large bowl. Because the butter is frozen, you’re going to need to push it into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until clumps begin to form. Then, mix in the grated Gruyere cheese.

3. Add vanilla and water and knead until you’ve got a nice soft dough. If it’s too dry, add more water. Divide the dough in half and pat each half into flattened disks. Wrap these discs in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge for at least an hour, or up to 2 days.

Apple Cup Pies - naked apple cubes via @poorandpretty

4. While waiting for the dough to chill, chop up your apples…

Apple Cup Pies - seasoned apple cubes via @poorandpretty

5. Add in your sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and vanilla and mix them into the apples until they’re fairly evenly coated.

Apple Cup Pies - rolling out the dough via @poorandpretty

6. Once your dough is chilled, remove one disk from the refrigerator and roll it out onto a floured surface until it’s about ¼ inch thick.

Apple Cup Pies - dough cup cutouts via @poorandpretty

7. Use a large cup, biscuit cutter, or old Wonton Soup container (yes, that’s what that is) and cut out 12 circles.

Apple Cup Pies - dough cups via @poorandpretty

8. Grease alternating cups in two cupcake pans, and place your 12 circles into each greased cup. Push them in with your fingertips so they fit into the bottom and sides of the cups. If you don’t have two pans, you can take turns with the one you have, but when you bake the second batch, grease and use the unused cups.

Apple Cup Pies - dough cups filled via @poorandpretty

9.  Generously fill each pie with apple mixture. It’s okay — preferable! — if it’s overflowing.

Apple Cup Pies - crust heart cut via @poorandpretty

10. Roll out your second dough disk and use a smaller cup or biscuit cutter (about 3 1/2 inch) to cut 12 circles. Top each pie with these smaller circles and press the edges together to seal. Brush the top of each pie with beaten egg and dust with sugar, then cut some small steam holes in the tops. Get creative with your steam holes! I gave this heart one to Stan ♥

11. Bake for 15 minutes at 425°, then reduce the heat to 350° and bake an another 15 minutes, until the dough is golden and the filling begins to bubble up.

Apple Gruyere Cup Pies via @poorandpretty

11. Eat ‘em up! I like them best paired with vanilla ice cream.

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Recipe: White Sangria

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white sangria recipe via poorandpretty

I don’t drink much, but when I do, I prefer something light and sweet, like white sangria. It’s kind of my summer go-to. Plus, it’s easy to make a lot of it, so it’s perfect for cookouts and summer soirées.

white sangria - ingredients

You can make sangria so many different ways, but here’s what I use in mine:

  • 1 1/2 lemons, sliced thin
  • 8-10 strawberries, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cubed
  • 1 bottle of Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 liters of lemon-lime soda

white sangria - fruit

1. Slice up your fruits.

white sangria - soaking fruit top

2. Put the fruit into a container and pour the white wine over it. Use a lidded container.

white sangria - soaking fruit

3. Store overnight in your refrigerator.

white sangria 2 via poorandpretty

4. Add in the lemon-lime soda, pour into a pretty pitcher, and enjoy!

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Guest Post: Stan on what to get your guy for Valentine’s Day

Hello readers! Stan here, with a few ideas about what to get your male significant other for the upcoming holiday of looove. It’s only 10 days away!

stan's valentine gifts for your guy - poor & pretty

1. Sam’s Natural bath & body products. Sami gifted me the Simple Start Hygiene Bundle from Sam’s Natural, and I use it regularly, especially the Slick Shave Soap and After Shave. They provide a much more comfortable shave than any store products I’ve tried, and the aftershave smells great and moisturizes well. It’s nice to receive a gift that I enjoy using. Plus, they use all-natural ingredients, so I know I’m not putting garbage into my body.

2. Dollar Shave Club membership. Dollar Shave Club allows your guy to receive a fresh shipment of shaving razors every month so he doesn’t have to spend a fortune on them in-store. There are several blade types to choose from and you get a free handle with your first shipment. To top it off, he’ll get an ego-boosting postcard with each month’s razors. Also, their ad is hilarious:

3. Sun Jar. A sun jar is a frosted glass jar with a light inside of it. It’s powered by a battery connected to a solar panel. During the day, you leave it in bright sunlight to charge up and at night, it produces hours of soft lighting. It makes for a less practical gift but is interesting, inexpensive, and unusual.

4. iPad smart case. If your guy has an iPad and hasn’t tried out the Apple Smart Case for it, I strongly recommend it. The “Smart Cover” only protects the front and leaves you carefully placing your iPad down to avoid scratches. The Smart Case lets you close it up like a book and toss it in the passenger seat or in a backpack and not worry about it.

5. Electric tea kettle. These will boil a cup or two of water in about a minute — great if he’s just looking to drink some tea and not engage in a lengthy ritual every time. As a guy who enjoys hot beverages, I was very happy to receive one of these as a gift!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.

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In which I gush about my iPhone 5 {and you have a sneak peek at the décor in my apartment}

Last night, I finally {finally!} procured my iPhone 5. It is wonderful. The first things I noticed were how fast it is compared to my 3GS and how beautifully clear the display is. And, being a blogger, I had to mess around with the camera. Check out my 3GS photos {left} compared to the 5 {right}. Note: these were all taken at the same time, and none of them were retouched.

My bedazzled lipstick pen, a gift from Scarlett. A fashion/beauty blogger must-have.

My motto!

Happy rainbow candles.

It’s hard to believe that these were taken at the same time! The iPhone 5 photos are so much brighter and more vibrant. This is going to make on-the-go blogging so much more fun!

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Celebrate Independence Day with American Pie Cupcake Soap

Though I typically don’t re-stock my American Pie cupcake soap until Fall, I thought I’d show my American pride by releasing it a little sooner this year. The scent is unbelievably realistic — a mixture of slightly tart and sweet with cinnamon, apples, sugar and delicious pie crust, warm from the oven. Topped with blue and red jojoba beads.

American Pie cupcake soap, available at poorandpretty.etsy.com

Tell your sweet tooth to take a hike; this cupcake is for your body! Get it here, while it’s hot ;)

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